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Md. Elk Tourism Would Raise $4.5 Million Annually, Advocates Say

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Proponents of reintroducing elk to western Maryland say tourists coming to see the animals would bring millions of dollars each year into the region.

The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation says elk tourism would generate nearly $4.5 million every year.

The group is working with the state's Department of Natural Resources and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to explore the possibility of establishing an elk population in Garrett County, Md., and Allegany County, Md.

But the proposal is drawing skepticism from some local residents. The Garrett County Commissioners oppose the idea. Some farmers say they're worried about damage to crops and property.

The proposal appears to have more support statewide. Earlier this year, a Department of Natural Resources survey of Maryland residents found 75 percent of respondents favor reintroducing the once-native elk.

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Examining The War On Mexican Drug Cartels, Through Film And Fiction

Two new works of art — the documentary film Cartel Land and the novel The Cartel — shine a light on the seemingly endless drug war in Mexico. John Powers says both works are bleak, but gripping.
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Why Sit-Down Meals May Be Just As Unhealthful As Fast Food

Fast-food restaurants are often demonized as the epitome of unhealthfulness. But a study suggests sit-down joints may be no better when it comes to sodium, saturated fat and the risk of overeating.
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D.C. Ranks High On 'Health' Of Democracy, Though Campaign Finance Laws Lag

According to a new report, D.C. fares well in providing access to the ballot — but falls behind due to the weakness of its campaign finance laws.
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UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski

The president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, chats about the future of higher education — and what he's doing to steer African-American students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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